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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 4:55:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 4:57:18 PM

Junior Golf Grand Finals gets RM75k boost

AmBank group corporate communications and marketing senior general manager Syed Anuar Syed Ali and SportExcel executive director C. Sivanandan (right) at the sponsorship announcement press conference on Dec 12, 2013.

AmBank group corporate communications and marketing senior general manager Syed Anuar Syed Ali and SportExcel executive director C. Sivanandan (right) at the sponsorship announcement press conference on Dec 12, 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR: The AmBank-SportExcel Malaysian Junior Golf Grand Finals from Dec 18-20 received a RM75,000 shot in the arm, courtesy of AmBank’s sponsorship.

This is a significant increase from last year, when AmBank, who have been sponsoring the event since 2006, poured in RM26,800.

This year’s event will be held at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam.

AmBank group corporate communications and marketing senior general manager Syed Anuar Syed Ali said that it was important to have sustainable sport development programme in a bid to unearth new talent.

“Grassroots development will go a long way towards developing and elevating sports to a higher level,” he said at the cheque presentation ceremony at the Royal Selangor Club on Thursday.

Also present was SportExcel executive director C. Sivanandan.

The golf Grand Finals will also see the International Junior Golf Championship being held concurrently. A total of 120 players aged between 10 and 18 years old from Thailand, South Korea, India, Singapore, Japan and Cambodia will take part in the international junior tournament.

The tournament this year will have an extra edge to it as it will be held on the more prestigious greens of Kota Permai. Last year, it was held at the Rahman Putra Golf Club in Sungai Buloh.

“In line with our efforts to have a more competitive tournament, we have decided to hold it at Kota Permai,” said Sivanandan.

“We must give the youngsters a chance to compete on a more competitive ground if we want to lift the quality of our products.”

Sivanandan said that the golf programme in SportExcel has produced a number of talented players, including four who are competing in the Myanmar SEA Games.

They are Gavin Kyle Green, Low Khai Jei, Nur Durriyah Damian and Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf.

Tags / Keywords: golf, SportExcel, AmBank, Malaysian Junior Golf Grand Finals, sponsor

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